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VOTER REGISTRATION
Registration Deadline: Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked at least 30 days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election.


Your voter registration will not become effective until 30 days after acceptance.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day.


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of the county where you submit the application.


Felony Convictions: You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole)


Mental Competency: You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.


 


ID Requirements: Texas Law requires voters who possess an acceptable form of photo identification for voting listed below to present that identification in order to vote in person in all Texas elections. Voter only needs to present one of the seven forms of identification.


 


Acceptable identification:


-Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)


-Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS


-Texas personal identification card issued by DPS


-Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS


-United States military identification card containing the person's photograph


-United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph


-United States passport


 


For voters aged 18-69, an acceptable identification from this list must not have expired more than 4 years before being presented at the polling place.


A person 70 years of age or older may use a form of identification from this list that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.


 


If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification in this list, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:


-a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;


-current utility bill;


-bank statement;


-government check;


-paycheck; or


-(a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).


 


When executing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, the voter must indicate one of the following impediments:


-Lack of transportation


-Disability or illness


-Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain acceptable form of photo ID


-Work schedule


-Family responsibilities


-Lost or stolen identification


-Acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received


 


If a voter possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have six days to present an acceptable form of photo identification to the county voter registrar, or fill out a religious or natural disaster affidavit or the voter’s ballot will be rejected (contact your County Voter Registrar’s office for more information on affidavit forms). Alternatively, a voter who possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place may choose to leave the polling place and return before the close of the polls on election day with said acceptable form of photo ID.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Texas voter registration


You must fill out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar’s office to be officially registered.


 


In person: You may pick up a registration form or register at any of the following locations:


-Voter Registrar's office


-Libraries


-Government Offices


-Post offices


- High schools


 


By mail/ in writing: Mail the online registration form or send in a request to have a voter registration form mailed to you to fill out.


 


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Texas voter registration verification


Phone: Contact your local voter registrar for more information.


 


EARLY VOTING BY MAIL BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote early by mail: Texas no longer refers to early voting as “absentee voting”, but specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail.


You may request a ballot by mail if you:


-Expected absence from the county


-You are sick or disabled


-You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day or


-You are confined in jail


 


OBTAINING AN EARLY VOTING BY MAIL BALLOT


By mail: Download an application and mail it to your early election clerk.


The last day to apply for an Application for Ballot by Mail to the early voting clerk is 11 days prior to Election Day, in order for you to receive a ballot by mail. The deadline for  Ballots by Mail to be received is 5:00 p.m. on the day after Election Day if the carrier envelope has a postmark showing it was in the mailed on Election Day.


 


MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTING


Military and overseas voters include:


-Active duty military, spouses, and dependents (voting from outside the home Texas county)


-U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily overseas away from the home Texas county


-U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) permanently overseas away from the (previous) home Texas county


 


Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available above. However, there are also special provisions for you.


Applying for Military and overseas voting: Fill out and file your Federal Postcard Application as soon as possible but no later than the 11th day before Election Day.


Receiving your ballot: you will receive a ballot by mail unless otherwise indicated.


Deadline: voters voting from overseas location must have their ballot mailed back and received by 5th day after Election Day.


 


EARLY VOTING IN PERSON


Qualifications: Any registered voter may vote early in person without further application or qualification. Early voting in person begins 17 days before Election Day and ends 4 days prior to Election Day.


 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Deciding how to vote: http://votesmart.org/


Polling Place: Texas voter information website


Getting your vote counted: Texas voter rights


Problems with voting: Texas voter complaint form


Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your county clerk


FPCA Ballot Tracker: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx


Additional Services: Services Available to Voters with Special Needs in Texas


Voting Day: methods of voting in texas

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